2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – Finland

Here is the roster for Finland for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


Juhamatti Aaltonen, Oulun Karpat (SM-liiga) (1st appearance)
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (1st appearance)
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild (1st appearance)
*Jarkko Immonen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 0A 0PIM)
Jussi Jokinen, Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd appearance – 8GP 1G 3A 2PIM)
Olli Jokinen, Winnipeg Jets (4th appearance – 18 GP 11G 4A 4PIM)
Leo Komarov, HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL) (1st appearance)
Petri Kontiola, Traktor Chelyalinsk (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lauri Korpikoski, Phoenix Coyotes (1st appearance)
Jori Lehterä, HC Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) (1st appearance)
Antti Pihlström, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) (1st appearance)
Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes (2nd appearance – 6GP 1G 0A 2PIM)
**Sakari Salminen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (1st appearance)
Teemu Selänne, Anaheim Ducks (6th appearance – 31GP 20G 17A 20PIM)


Juuso Hietanen, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lasse Kukkonen, Ouklun Karpat (SM-liiga) (3rd appearance – 8GP 0G 1A 4PIM)
Sami Lepistö, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 1A 6PIM)
Olli Määttä, Pittsburgh Penguins (1st appearance)
Sami Salo, Tampa Bay Lightning (4th appearance – 16GP 2G 4A 4PIM)
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers (5th appearance – 24GP 3G 8A 8PIM)
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks (1st appearance)
Ossi Väänänen, Jokerit (SM-liiga) (2nd appearance – 2GP OG 1A 0PIM)


Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars (1st appearance)
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks (1st appearance)
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (1st appearance)

*replaces Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning on the roster due to injury
**replaces Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild on the roster due to injury


2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – Slovakia

Here is the roster for Slovakia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


Milan Bartovic, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Michal Handzus, Chicago Blackhawks (3rd appearance – 9GP 4G 3A 6PIM)
Marcel Hossa, Dinamo Riga (KHL) (3rd appearance – 13GP 0G 1A 0PIM)
Marián Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (4th appearance – 15GP 12G 13A 10PIM)
Tomas Jurco, Detroit Red Wings (1st appearance)
Tomas Kopecký, Florida Panthers (2nd appearance – 7GP 1G 0A 2PIM)
Tomas Marcinko, HC Košice (Tipsport Extraliga) (1st appearance)
Michel Miklik, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Richard Pánik, Tampa Bay Lightning (1st appearance)
Branko Radivojevic, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (2nd appearance – 7GP 0G 0A 6PIM)
Tomas Surovy, HC Dinamo Minsk (KHL) (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 1A 2PIM)
Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (1st appearance)
Tomas Zaborsky, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) (1st appearance)
Peter Ölvecký, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)


Ivan Baranka, Avangard Omsk (KHL) (2nd appearance – 2GP 0G 1A 0PIM)
Zdeno Chára, Boston Bruins (3rd appearance – 13GP 1G 4A 8PIM)
Dominik Granak, HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL) (1st appearance)
Martin Marincin, Edmonton Oilers (1st appearance)
Andrej Meszaros, Philadelphia Flyers (3rd appearance – 13GP 0G 2A 8PIM)
Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes (2nd appearance – 7GP 1G 0A 0PIM)
Michal Sersen, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL) (1st appearance)
Lubomir Visnovsky, New York Islanders (5th appearance – 19GP 4G 4A 2PIM)


Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens (3rd appearance – 3GP .924 SV% 2.01GAA)
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues (2nd appearance – 7GP .911SV% 2.41GAA)
Ján Laco, HC Donbass Donetsk (KHL) (1st appearance)

*replaces Marián Gáborík, Columbus Blue Jackets 0n the roster due to injury


New Division Names!!

Six divisions have now become four, as the NHL released the names of the new divisions, which will be in place starting from the 2013-14 season.

The Atlantic Division will consist of: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Metropolitan Division will consist of: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The Central Division will consist of: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The Pacific Division will consist of: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will make up the Eastern Conference, whilst the Central and Pacific will be the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus are moving to the East, and Winnipeg is moving West. The schedule makes sure that all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once in the regular season.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still be made up of 16 teams, but qualifying for the dance has been modified. The top three from each division will automatically qualify, and the final four spots will be made up of ‘wild card’ teams from both conferences, regardless of division, meaning it is possible for one division to send five teams, and the other only send three to the playoffs.

The playoff seedings will still be based on points earned in the regular season. The winner of the conference, who will be the division winner with the highest points,  will face the wild-card team with the fewest points. Second in the conference, and the other division winner, will face the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The four winners will advance on to play for a berth in the conference championship series, with the winner of the conference advancing to the Stanley Cup.

That Damn Hockey Blog

That Damn Hockey Blog: Free Aaaaaaaaaaagent Frenzy

How does one describe Daniel Alfredsson’s move to Detroit? Most people call him a traitor for leaving Ottawa after being the Captain and spending his entire career there. Others, like new Boston Bruin Jarome Iginla (I’ll get to that in a minute), say the move is a good thing, stating that the elder statesmen like himself and Alfredsson, want to win Stanley Cups, and that their time is fast running out. However, is Detroit more of a Stanley Cup contender than the Senators? Especially after the Sens traded with the Ducks for Bobby Ryan. Detroit did also sign C Stephen Weiss from Florida, to replace Valtteri Flippula, who signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and possibly lost Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary. Ottawa also traded away the rights to Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars during the playoffs, meaning they have now lost two very skilled and experienced players from their roster, only adding Clarke MacArthur from Toronto, that isn’t a prospect.

The plan for Ottawa, was to pick up Ryan, and keep Alfredsson. Ryan was never meant to be the replacement. But now Jason Spezza has a new younger right wing beside him, and maybe, just maybe, and surprisingly, losing their captain may be the best thing that could happen to the Ottawa Senators.

Speaking of marquee iconic players at a franchise, Vincent Lecavalier’s contract was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinnie had so much of an impact in Tampa, that there is a children’s hospital that exists, because of the contribution that Lecavalier provided. The veteran will now line up with Claude Giroux for the Flyers.

Boston on the other hand, finally claimed the guy they thought they had at the trade deadline last season. Jarome Iginla. After switching to Pittsburgh at the eleventh hour, and missing out on a Stanley Cup ring, Iginla joins the Eastern Conference Champions, hoping to lead the Bruins to the final step, to which they were beaten to last season by the Chicago Blackhawks. However, they will have to make that step, missing several pieces that got them there. Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin were traded to the Dallas Stars, Nathan Horton signed with Columbus, backup Goaltender Anton Khudobin, now becomes the backup to Cam Ward in Carolina, Andrew Ference signed with the Edmonton Oilers, and they don’t look like re-signing Jaromir Jagr either. They may have gained Loui Eriksson in the  Seguin/Peverley trade, but is he enough to cover the losses?

In other Free Agency news of significance, St. Louis added substantial depth at center, signing Maxim Lapierre and Derek Roy. Ray Emery became the replacement for Ilva Bryzgalov in Philadelphia, contesting the goaltending with Steve Mason. Dallas traded for Seguin and Peverley as mentioned earlier, but they also traded for more experienced middle ice depth in Shawn Horcoff from the Oilers, and signing solid backup Dan Ellis from Nashville.

Minnesota signed Matt Cooke and Keith Ballard, but lost Pierre-Marc Bouchard to the Islanders, and traded away Devin Setoguchi. Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe will apply their trades in New Jersey, after the Devils traded in Cory Schneider from the Canucks during the draft. Toronto added David Clarkson, but bought out Mikhail Grabovski, and Phoenix added Mike Ribeiro, and Goaltender Thomas Greiss, who was the backup to Antti Niemi at San Jose.

Don’t think Free Agency is over yet, many good names are still on the board, with Goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov, the returning Tim Thomas from hiatus, and Forwards Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr and Mikhail Grabovski, leading the list of players still available. Many teams still have plenty of cap available, so you would think it wouldn’t be too long, before theses names find new homes.


2013 NHL Entry Draft – By Team

Who did your team draft in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft? Find out by following the links below.


Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Winnipeg Jets


Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals

Tampa Bay Lightning

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Tampa Bay Lightning

Here is a look at whom the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 3 – Jonathan Drouin (LW) – Canada – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
2 – 33 – Adam Erne (LW) – United States – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
5 – 124 – Kristers Gudlevskis (G) – Latvia – HK Riga (MHL)
6 – 154 – Henri Ikonen (LW) – Finland – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
7 – 184 – Saku Salminen (C) – Finland – Jokerit (SM-liiga)
7 – 186 – Joel Vermin (RW) – Switzerland – SC Bern (National League A)


2013 NHL Entry Draft Results – Top 10

Sunday June 30 saw the 2013 NHL Entry Draft take place in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The projected top picks include American Defencemen Seth Jones, Canadian Forwards Nathan McKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, Finnish Forward Alexander Barkov Jr., and Russian Forward Valeri Nichuskin.


Pick – Team – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – Colorado Avalanche – Nathan McKinnon (C) – Canada – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
2 – Florida Panthers – Alexander Barkov Jr. (C) – Finland – Tappara (SM-liiga)
3 – Tampa Bay Lightning – Jonathan Drouin (LW) – Canada – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4 – Nashville Predators – Seth Jones (D) – United States – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
5 – Carolina Hurricanes – Elias Lindholm (C) – Sweden – Brynas IF (SHL)
6 – Calgary Flames – Sean Monahan (C) – Canada – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
7 – Edmonton Oilers – Darnell Nurse (C) – Canada – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
8 – Buffalo Sabres – Rasmus Ristolainen (D) – Finland – TPS Turku (SM-liiga)
9 – Vancouver Canucks – Bo Horvat (C) – Canada – London Knights (OHL)
10 – Dallas Stars – Valeri Nichuskin (RW) – Russia – HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL)

The biggest trade made during the draft involved the New Jersey Devils trading away the ninth pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to the Vancouver Canucks, for G Cory Schneider.


NHL Awards 2012/13

The NHL Awards were announced over two nights on Friday 14th June and Saturday 15th June 2013.

The winners are identified in bold, with finalists/minor placings stated below.




Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game

Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins
Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings


Awarded to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success

Paul MacLean – Ottawa Senators
Bruce Boudreau – Anaheim Ducks
Joel Quenneville – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the top National Hockey League General Manager

Ray Shero – Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc Bergevin – Montreal Canadiens
Bob Murray – Anaheim Ducks


Awarded to the player who exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability

Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Moulson – New York Islanders


Awarded to the player who applies the core values of hockey to enrich the lives of people in his community

Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings


Awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community

Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins


Awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey

Josh Harding – Minnesota Wild
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
Adam McQuaid – Boston Bruins


Awarded to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season

Daniel Alfredsson – Ottawa Senators
Dustin Brown – Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the top goalscorer in the regular season

Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 32gls
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – 29gls
John Tavares – New York Islanders – 28gls


Awarded to the player with the most points at the end of the regular season

Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning – 60pts
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – 57pts
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 56pts


Awarded to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it in the regular season

Corey Crawford/Ray Emery – Chicago Blackhawks




Awarded to the NHL’s Most Outstanding Rookie

Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers
Brendan Gallagher – Montreal Canadiens
Brandon Saad – Chicago Blackhawks


Awarded to the NHL’s outstanding player as selected by the members of the NHL Players Association

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning


Awarded to the NHL’s top goaltender

Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets
Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers
Antti Niemi – San Jose Sharks


Awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position

P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild


Awarded to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player

Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
John Tavares – New York Islanders


The UHF Tournament

The Ultimate Hockey Fighter Tournament – Quarter Finals

8 fights remain in the UHF Tournament. Who will survive to the final 4? Only you can decide!

Last week, Stu Grimson defeated Ian Laperriere.

This week, two heavyweights clash to see who will advance to the semis.

(WC) Matthew Barnaby
Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars
6′ 188 lbs
3×20 NHL Fights in a season
6×15 NHL Fights in a season
206 NHL Fights 14.7 FPY

Bob Probert
Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks
6’3″ 225 lbs
3×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
240 NHL Fights 15 FPY

Why you should vote for Matthew Barnaby:



Why you should vote for Bob Probert:



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